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School of Rock Chicago
3254 N Lincoln Ave
Unit B
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3804
Hours
  • Monday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM

Upcoming Closures:

  • 05/30/2022: Closed
  • 07/04/2022: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Chicago combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

School of Rock in Chicago has a revolutionary music program with music classes to help teach budding musicians in Chicago how to play instruments with skill and confidence. Students can learn everything from drums, guitar, keyboard, and more in a supportive and encouraging environment. Chicago has a thriving live music scene, especially for jazz and blues, making it a great spot for aspiring artists to start their careers.

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program in Chicago for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Chicago's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Chicago have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Chicago are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Chicago who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens in Chicago
Performance
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Chicago is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Chicago Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Chicago music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Chicago's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Chicago music venue.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Chicago
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

At School of Rock Chicago our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Chicago, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children in Chicago
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Chicago, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Chicago, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Songwriting
Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Chicago, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Chicago is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Chicago who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Chicago, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
 
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Adult music program in Chicago for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Chicago's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Chicago is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Chicago.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Chicago Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Chicago.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Chicago
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Chicago House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Chicago's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at IL rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Chicago and the rest of IL. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Chicago

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Chicago

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Chicago, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Chicago is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Chicago guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Chicago's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Chicago, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Chicago venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Chicago offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Chicago guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Chicago

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Chicago is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Chicago we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Chicago, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Chicago, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Chicago. Unlike other Chicago drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Chicago, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Chicago drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock Chicago

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Chicago offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Chicago, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Chicago teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Chicago, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Chicago.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Chicago

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Chicago offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Chicago and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Chicago, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Chicago students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Chicago, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock Chicago

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Chicago. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Chicago, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Chicago area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Chicago Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Chicago area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Chicago music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Chicago, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Chicago, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Chicago’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

General Manager ERIC BINDER

ERIC BINDER General Manager

Eric has spent the majority of his life as a performing musician, playing in a handful of bands spanning multiple rock subgenres for the better part of two decades. He's performed at renowned venues like House of Blues Chicago and Bottom Lounge with his current band, 7 Corners, and also done graphic design work for musicians across the country including the logo design of rock band XEB (founding members of Third Eye Blind). He also served as a co-leader of the Chicago division of 30 Seconds to Mars' street team, where he collaborated with Virgin Records on marketing and promotion, as well as the distribution of promotional materials.

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business from Full Sail University, he fell in love with the idea of being a part of School of Rock, where he could put his lifetime of experience in the music industry to good use. He is absolutely thrilled to be able to share his passion for music and help facilitate the education of SoR Chicago's kids who will become torch-bearers for the local music scene and beyond.
Drum Teacher

Keith DaProza Drum Teacher

Keith Daproza joined School Of Rock in 2007 as a drum instructor. He is one of our first Rock 101 teachers, and he's directed countless shows over the years. Keith takes a great deal of pride in that he's been a part of the SOR family since the early days and has fostered long-lasting and meaningful relations with students and families to this day.

Keith has collaborated on original music projects with Barret Tasky of Barret's Hidden Agenda, Brettly K. Kawaguchi (Roundeye), Micki (Broeker) Croisant and Good Name Band, and the ultra-retro recording collective, Hot Soup. Keith is most notably a professional drummer on the local and regional event scene. A founding member of Think Floyd USA since 2004, and is the first call drummer for DQ: an #ABBA Salute franchise, since 2014.

Rae Amitay Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Drums Teacher

Rae Amitay started their musical journey as a classical pianist raised on classic rock, and their love for heavier genres of music drew them to drums at the age of 14. Three years later, Rae was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While pursuing a degree in Professional Music, they studied with drumming legends such as Rod Morgenstein (Winger, Dixie Dregs), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater, Extreme) and Dave DiCenso (Cro-Mags, Duran Duran, Josh Groban).

Graduating a year early to begin a professional drumming career in the "real" world, Rae immediately began touring with the Polaris Prize-nominated sludge metal band Mares of Thrace in 2012. Following their move to Chicago, Rae embarked on several national tours with the thrash/doom band Castle. In 2013, Rae formed their own band, Immortal Bird. They have toured extensively, playing shows and festivals around North America and Europe.

In 2016, Rae recorded drums for the experimental rock band Eight Bells, then toured as direct support for progressive metal legends Voivod. In addition to their work in Immortal Bird and as a session/touring drummer, Rae also plays in Thrawsunblat, a blackened folk metal band based in New Brunswick, Canada. In 2020, Rae recorded an EP for a solo project called Errant, which is an experimental dark rock/metal effort that serves as a vehicle for multi-instrumental exploration and songwriting.
Music Director Jamie Dull

Jamie Dull Music Director

Jamie Dull is a Chicago-based musician, producer and drum instructor who has been working with SOR Chicago since 2013. Jamie has played drums, guitar, keys, bass, mandolin, percussion and or provided vocals on over 200 recorded songs and has been playing live shows since 1998. Jamie most notably played drums for Katie Kadan, a former SOR Chicago vocal instructor who most recently placed 3rd on NBC's The Voice. Jamie has also performed in multiple Chicago based musical projects including Electric Villain, Stampy, SMOKER, Lobster Newberg, Uncle Jesse & the Rippers, and Peephole: Tribute to System of a Down.

Jamie has performed on nearly 30 different albums throughout his career and has played live with and/or recorded music with Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake/Trans Siberian Orchestra/Night Ranger), Chris Connelly (Ministry / Pigface / Sons of the Silent Age), Jim Peterik (Survivor/Ides of March), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), Don Barnes (.38 Special), Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Bryan Beller (Aristocrats / Steve Vai / Dethklok), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Dethklok,) and many more.
Singing Teacher KAYLA PETRILLE

KAYLA PETRILLE Singing Teacher

Kayla has been singing since before she could speak but solidified her love for music and performing when she was in college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While learning music theory and ear training were fun, she found real joy in choir, opera, jazz band, and musical theatre. Formally studying voice lit up Kayla’s mind to explore the voice further in function and how to healthily manipulate the voice to bend to different genres. In college she was able to perform in many different avenues and explore music. Even spending some time as a lead singer in a small local funk band.

After college, Kayla moved to Nashville and fell headfirst into musical theater. Auditioning for everything she could to learn, grow, and find community. She was seen in show’s like; Carrie: The Musical, You’re a Goodman Charlie Brown, and The Burnt Part Boys. In Nashville, Kayla also put together a fundraiser for a local theatre company and debuted her first original jazz song along with other jazz standards to a sold-out crowd.

In 2019, Kayla moved to IL to pursue more music and performance opportunities. She had an amazing opportunity to sing and act in a national tour for a Cirque production at the end of the year and move to Chicago in 2020. While performance opportunities were slim to none, Kayla found an even deeper love for teaching voice lessons. Her passion is to teach anyone who wants to sing how to do so healthily and let their unique one-of-a-kind voice shine with confidence!
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher Nick Mizock

Nick Mizock Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher

Nick Mizock has been a professional musician since 2002 and has led his own bands Zock and the Zock Organ Trio, performed with the band Magnetic, and played countless performances at some of Chicago’s best clubs including the Double Door and Lincoln Hall. He also played at Potbelly Sandwiches for seven years, with the Connexion Wedding Orchestra, and freelanced as a solo guitarist and sideman.

Nick released Zock’s debut album in 2015 and in 2016 was featured on Magnetic’s debut EP, both receiving positive acclaim. In 2019 he earned his Master's Degree in Music at the University of Southern California, studying with Grammy-winning classical guitarists Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser and Grammy-nominated guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. In 2020 he released the Zock Organ Trio's debut album, 'Mission Statement'.
Nick has been an instructor of private guitar lessons since 2007, and since then has expanded to teaching bass, drums, saxophones (alto and tenor), mandolin, banjo, lap steel, piano/keyboards, and voice. He has worked for the School of Rock since 2011 has directed and assistant directed shows steadily since 2013.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher  TAYLOR VOSS

TAYLOR VOS Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Taylor started teaching guitar and bass at School of Rock Chicago in 2017. As an alumni of the School of Rock and a graduate of Columbia College Chicago Taylor has a great amount of experience studying and teaching Rock, Blues, RnB, Pop, and Jazz. Along with private instruction, Taylor has also been a part of several original bands that constantly play at some of the best bars and clubs in the city such as The Green Mill, The Hideout, and Schubas.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Lauren Conner

Lauren Conner Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Lauren Conner got her start in music playing guitar at the age of 7. After being primarily self-taught for the first few years, she sought out lessons from a local music school. A former School of Rock student herself, she joined when she was 12. During her time as a student she took lessons for guitar, drums, and vocals. She was on Show Team from 2015-2017 and got the opportunity to tour as an Allstar in 2016 and 2017.

In 2017 she continued her music education at Columbia College Chicago where she studied Music and Music Business. In 2018 she joined the all-girl cover band Serendipity. With them she played shows in and around the Chicago land area. Most notably the Comed Ice Box Derby and the Chicago Women’s March To the Polls.

In 2019 she joined the all-girl cover band Catfight. With them she plays a variety of Chicago street festivals during the summer season such as Chicago Pride Fest, Market Days and Retro on Roscoe and Backlot Bash.

Aside from cover work she is also a live member for alternative solo artist Mel Senese. With Mel she’s been able to open for national acts The Veronicas, Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria and Starbenders.

Currently at the school she teaches guitar and occasionally bass. She has been working at School of Rock since 2019.
Drum Teacher Paul Wandtke

Paul Wandtke Drum Teacher

Paul Wandtke is a professionally endorsed drum set artist whom has played for famous musical acts Rock of Ages, the grammy nominated metal band Trivium and even local Chicago favorites; Kill Hannah who have toured with the Smashing Pumpkins as a career highlight. Not only is Paul an active performer, but he’s been teaching drums privately for over 14 years and he makes sure to custom-tailor each student’s lesson plans according to the performance based needs of School of Rock!

Paul studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and is currently active in Chicago with original acts Dead Original, Bedlem, and a nationally touring Nirvana tribute band called "Smells Like Nirvana".

"Beyond possessing just talent, Paul Wandtke's work ethic and effort to get a drumming job done quickly will equal or surpass anyone else's. Even more importantly, he will do it with respect to those around him and to the music."—Mike Mangini (Dream Theater)
Drum Teacher RYAN FARNHAM

RYAN FARNHAM Drum Teacher

After discovering the Beatles and Guns & Roses, Ryan could not wait to start playing drums in fifth-grade band. He led his schools’ Symphonic, Marching, Pep, and Jazz bands, but always knew that Rock Music was his true calling. Ryan spent his high school years playing and releasing vinyl with Punk outfit 'The Valentines' before turning down his acceptance to Berklee College of Music and starting a rock band with 2 friends called 'Catfish Haven'. Despite receiving offers from major labels, Catfish Haven signed to the elite independent label Secretly Canadian records. They lived in a van playing 150 shows a year in North America and Europe, sharing the stage with Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Lucero, North Mississippi Allstars, Cold War Kids, and Band of Horses. In Chicago, Catfish Haven played at prestigious venues including Ravina, The Riviera Theater, House Of Blues, Park West, Metro, Lincoln Hall, and at the music festival Lollapalooza. Their music was in regular rotation on 93.1WXRT, The BBC, and MTV2 leading Ryan to be featured multiple times in Modern Drummer. Today he is focused on teaching music to the next generation and performing and recording with many different Chicago bands including Dorian Taj, Prichard, Michelles, and Robbie Skye.
NOAH GEHRMANN

NOAH GEHRMANN Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher NOAH GEHRMANN

Noah is a Chicago-based musician who has been playing guitar for 16 years. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois he traveled to Australia to perform on cruise ships before moving to Chicago in 2017. He started teaching at School of Rock shortly thereafter and can now be heard playing with several local bands such as Fay Ray, Kamikazee Vigilante, and Miss April to name a few.
Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher Zachary Drummond

Zachary Drummond Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher

Zachary Drummond is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Huntington, West Virginia. With a childhood interest in drums and piano, his musical journey continued into an early adulthood with a proficiency on the trumpet - which he continued to study through college - and led to an interest in guitar. Having moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College for Art and Design with a minor in Jazz Performance and Northeastern Illinois University for Music Education, Zachary formed an original rock outfit dubbed The Mad Hornet After Hour that performed on stages regularly throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. Notable headlining slots include the Double Door, Taste Of Lincoln Park, and a couple of summers as a house band at Six Flags Great America. Additionally, the band’s interest in improvisational music and comedy led to performances with the Second City and Comedy Sportz.

Zachary’s musical interested grew with the ukulele, harmonica, and recently the handpan, that helped him produce solo shows and recordings - now with the moniker “muzachattack” - and enjoy collaborations with many other local artists. Additionally, he’s teamed up with a video game legend and Martial Arts champion Tony Marquez to create Kung Lao and the Scorpions, an explosive rock band dubbed “the most entertaining band in the world”. Most recently he’s obtained a practitioner certification in Sound and Vibration Therapy - which helps with the ethos he carries from Bob Marley - “one good thing about music, when it hits you - you feel no pain”! Zachary teaches vocals, keyboards, guitar, and drums.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher ALGREN ROGERS

ALGREN ROGERS Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Algren Rogers began his School of Rock journey in 2008 as a student in the program. During his 6 years at the school, he participated in every program from Rock 101 to AllStars!

Algren may have left School of Rock for college, but he was never gone for good. He began teaching substitute lessons at the Chicago location during his school breaks, eventually taking on a role as an intern and eventually Tour Coordinator for several School of Rock Allstars tours! Algren even helped to coordinate School of Rock's first ever international Allstars Tour!

After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a BM in Guitar Performance, Algren joined School of Rock Chicago as a Guitar and Bass instructor in 2019. He quickly jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of a Show Director as well. Algren looks forward to every opportunity where he can provide the students of School of Rock Chicago with the same amazing education and experience that he received when he was their age!
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher ROBIN WEST

ROBIN WEST Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Robin West (she/they) is a native Chicagoan singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, performer, and teacher with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the DePaul University School of Music with a concentration in K-12 vocal and general music. Robin began singing and playing piano in early childhood, and began writing songs when they first picked up the guitar at age fourteen.

They have been an active member of the Chicago music community in a variety of capacities for over 15 years, including, but not limited to: work as a musical theatre cabaret artist (performer & lyricist), church musician, lead singer for various rock bands, big band jazz vocalist, backing vocals and keyboards for Chicago indie rock outfit Forks of Ivy, and as a solo indie rock singer-songwriter performing at such venues as Schubas Tavern, Subterranean, Empty Bottle, and Uncommon Ground.

Robin has taught hundreds of students of all ages in both private and public schools and institutions in the Chicago area in addition to freelance lessons and coaching. Disciplines include voice, piano, guitar, bass, songwriting, musical theatre, choral and orchestral music, music theory and history, and rock band performance. Robin is thrilled to be part of the team at School of Rock, building a culture where performance, mentorship, and developing each student’s singular voice come first!

When not playing music, Robin loves hiking, reading, baking, 35mm photography, and travel. They can rarely be found without a cup of coffee in their hand.
Keyboard Teacher Alexander Reyes

Alexander Reyes Keyboard Teacher

Alexander Reyes is a pianist and composer from eastern Pennsylvania who recently relocated to Chicago. In 2019, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University, where he studied piano, composition, and audio engineering. He has a background in a variety of styles, including classical, jazz, and rock music. Although piano is his primary instrument, he also has experience as a guitarist, bassist, drummer, and vocalist. With a deep appreciation for all styles of music, he aims to incorporate a wide variety of skills and styles into his teaching to give students a well rounded education while focusing on what the students are most passionate about.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Tyler Thenstedt Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Born and raised in the city of Chicago, Tyler Thenstedt is a versatile bassist, guitarist and vocalist, regularly performing Jazz, Blues, Rock, Soul, Rnb, Pop, Folk and more. She is currently pursuing a dual degree at the University of Michigan in jazz & contemplative studies in the School of Music and Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience in the School of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts. With these individual fields, she strives to understand the complexities of the brain in relation to music, as well as the breadth of both individually.

A SoR Chicago alumni herself, Tyler is deeply passionate about the School of Rock method. Having joined at the age of 10, she gained experience early on in being a part of a team, confidence, stage presence, ability/technique, and leadership. She joined the Chicago Showteam in eighth grade at the age of 13, and went on to be a four-time touring Allstar. School of Rock was the driving force for Tyler’s connection to music, and she hopes to help inspire the current and next generations of students to build theirs.

She now studies the upright bass at UofM under the instruction of Detroit natives Robert Hurst and Marion Hayden. She has also studied with various Jazz pedagogies with the Ravinia Jazz Scholars, including Rufus Reid, Jamey Aebersold, Bobby Broom, Patrick Mallinger, Dennis Carrol, and Pharez Whitted. Aside from her academic studies, she is currently in several bands in the Ann Arbor area including Moodswing, Jazz-informed Rnb Pop band; Kingfisher, Indie Folk audio-processing band; the Mercer Patterson Quintet, Jazz-fusion quintet; and Electric Chic, all-girl Pop/Soul cover band.

Guitar Teacher Nate Brown

Nate Brown Guitar Teacher

Nate is a guitar teacher originally from Oak Park, IL. He has been actively playing guitar since he was 11 years old, but has always had a guitar to hold and play with since early childhood. He has been playing in bands around Chicago and Oak park since he was 15 years old. Nate loves kids, and thoroughly enjoys the act of teaching, especially that moment when a student's face lights up as a concept really clicks!

He is currently studying at Harold Washington College where he is majoring in music education. He also studied at Triton College after graduating from Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he fell in love with music theory and decided to become a music teacher. Nate's favorite genres to play and listen to are Rock, Jazz, Indie, Metal, Blues, and Folk, but as a musician he strives to be as adaptable as possible.
Drum Teacher Garett Crow

Garett Crow Drum Teacher

Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Garett taught in central Indiana for 6 years before relocating to Chicago. As an educator, he believes in creating a safe and fun environment for students of all ages to express themselves artistically and hone their skills as a musician.

Garett began playing drums when he was ten years old, and was playing in the Indianapolis DIY punk scene by the time he was 14. Through high school and his early years of college, he continued to play in a slew of rock bands ranging from metal, indie, punk, and shoegaze opening for acts such as Hawthorne Heights and Seahaven. After high school, Garett attended The University of Indianapolis where he improved upon his drumming and developed new skills on piano and as a producer. During his time in college and in the years following, Garett actively worked in the Indianapolis Jazz scene both as a band leader and side musician. Garett has a bachelor’s in Jazz Studies, but also has expertise in Hip-Hop production, EDM production, Classical percussion, Rock, Funk, and various Latin styles of music.
SINGING TEACHER MINA ACKERMAN

MINA ACKERMAN SINGING TEACHER

Mina is a classically trained vocalist with rock roots. She began her performance career in early childhood, playing in a variety of bands and in solo acts for over 20 years. She is also a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter. She moved to Chicago in 2019 and her career as a session musician has grown since. As a session singer, she can optimize her technique to be able to fit a variety of genres and projects. This is a skill Mina applies to teaching her students, as she recognizes that different styles require different techniques. She is versed in genres such as R&B, blues, soul, rock, jazz, and classical. She is currently in pursuit of a Master's degree in vocal performance.

Mina is passionate about creating a fun, welcoming, and safe space for all people. She believes that great technique should also come with finding your own voice and confidence. Mina loves being able to guide students in finding their voice and embrace it. She teaches students of every age, ranging from beginner to advanced. She also teaches Rookies, Rock 101, and is involved in season shows.
GUITAR TEACHER, BASS GUITAR TEACHER, DRUM TEACHER MATT GORDON

MATT GORDON GUITAR TEACHER, BASS GUITAR TEACHER, DRUM TEACHER

Matthew first discovered his love for music after picking up a guitar at age 11. He has since become a skilled guitarist, drummer, and bassist. Since receiving a BA In Contemporary, Urban, and Popular Music from Columbia College Chicago, Matthew has toured throughout the US, recording and performing with multiple projects of all genres (rock, country, jazz, blues, acoustic, etc.). He started teaching at School of Rock in early 2018, and has since taught private and group lessons to hundreds of students of all ages.

To hear his guitar-playing and songwriting, check out The King of Mars wherever you listen to music.
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER MATT SCOTT

MATT SCOTT ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

Matt grew up in a house filled with music, as both of his parents are music educators. Fittingly, he took 10 years of private piano lessons, and sang in every choir or ensemble that would have him. His strong passion for the arts led him to earn a BA in theatre from Florida State University as well as complete the Conservatory program at Chicago’s Second City Training Center. Favorite performance credits include Les Miserables, Shrek the Musical, Steve Martin’s The Underpants, The Legend of the Christmas King, for which he wrote the book and music, and his one man cabaret “Man of Many Aprons”.

Matt has a background in operations management as well as years of experience teaching improvisation and musical improv to kids of all ages. He is beyond ecstatic to be a part of the SoR family, and to help play a part in spreading the love of music!
Bass Guitar Teacher Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith Bass Guitar Teacher

Maggie Smith is a School of Rock Alumni, hailing from School of Rock Naperville, where she played bass guitar and drums from 2015-2019. During her time there, she was able to play through various performance groups, the Show Team/Houseband from 2016-2019, and was on tour for the AllStars program in 2019. As an instructor, Maggie strives to share that same experience with the next generation of rockers by teaching bass guitar, drums, and guitar to various ages and all walks of life.

Maggie is currently studying at DePaul University for film and television with a concentration in sound design, something that can also be applied to creating audio for video games as well. In her free time, she likes to write scripts, watch movies, play video games, and even shoot the occasional music video. Maggie brings all of these experiences into a wonderful lesson atmosphere that is both enjoyable for her and for her students.
Singing Teacher Adriana Tronco

Adriana Tronco Singing Teacher

Adriana Tronco is a Chicago-based singer/songwriter who is so incredibly thrilled to be part of the School of Rock family! Her passion for singing and performing began at the age of two when she stood up on a table at a restaurant and belted "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion in front of the afternoon lunch rush and she never stopped performing since. From musical theatre to rock n' roll, Adriana has performed professionally on multiple stages across Chicago and beyond. She received her B.F.A in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in vocal studies from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. When her professional career began after college, Adriana performed in productions with Drury Lane Theatre and Theo Ubique to name a few. She is currently performing as the lead singer in two local bands, UltraBeat and as Stevie Nicks in The Rumours Five: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac.

In addition for her love of music, Adriana has always been passionate about teaching and inspiring younger generations. Her mission is to encourage students to embrace their individuality and motivate them to become the greatest rockstars they can be!
Drum Teacher Mick Garrett

Mick Garrett Drum Teacher

Mick has been playing drums for over 10 years and has experience playing on college drumline, playing the snare drum and in the college basketball band at Kansas State University. He's played in various bands around town and has a lot of experience with jazz and rock. Mick also has experience producing electronic music and does that in his free time. Aside from music, he enjoys film, bike rides, cooking, and reading!
Keyboard Teacher Phil Li

Phil Li Keyboard Teacher

Phil was born in San Francisco. Since the age of five, he’s been playing piano. He started by playing classical piano and at age twelve he discovered the beauty of writing music. That’s when he fell in love with music. Since then, he committed himself to the craft of music composition and songwriting despite the heavy disapproval of his family. In 2016 he started his music study at University of Miami, Frost School of Music. It was there that he was fully exposed to the world of contemporary music. He also had the opportunity to perform with Andy Timmons and Jacob Collier during his time in Miami. He later transferred to Berklee College of Music majoring in professional music. He is now in Chicago enjoying the joy of tutoring kids' music. And he’s looking forward to more music induced fulfillment in the future.

Besides music, Phil enjoys writing novels, poetries, watching movies and sitting by the fireside and singing a song or two. He also believe there’s no such thing as a wrong note.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Joe Ott

Joe Ott Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Joe is a multi-instrumentalist and School of Rock Naperville alumni who has a deep love for old-school punk rock, metal, and rock 'n roll. At the age of 10 and inspired by bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, he started taking drum lessons and taught himself guitar. He quickly moved up the ranks in School of Rock Naperville’s programs, becoming the drummer for the school’s house band.

In 2016, Joe formed the punk rock band, Death of Self, and began embarking on writing, recording, and touring with them for the next several years, playing drums on their debut LP, their follow-up EP, and gigging across the country. Upon graduating from Columbia College Chicago’s Music Publishing program in 2020, he moved to Milwaukee to join the punk rock band, Dislocation, as their guitarist. They quickly began work on writing and recording two EPs before Joe moved back to Chicago to pursue other music projects and teaching.

Currently, Joe plays guitar in the indie band, Grave Animosity, and teaches theory and technique on his instruments as well as the ins and outs of a touring musician.

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